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Erstwhile CBN deputy governor, Mailafia dies at 64

Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria Dr Obadiah Mailafia is dead.

The deceased who was also a presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the 2019 election, was said to have died, aged 64 while ill.

According to anonymous sources, Dr Mailafia died after a protracted illness at a hospital in Abuja this morning.

The former deputy governor of the apex bank was till his death, a critic of the Buhari-led administration.

In 2020, the State Security Services (SSS) also known as the Department of State Services (DSS) invited Dr Mailafia on several occasions after he made comments and implying statements over the lingering insecurity in the country, one of such was that a governor of northern Nigeria was a leader of the Boko Haram terror group.

A cross section of protesters reacting to the detention of Dr Mailafia by the SSS at Jos, Plateau State on September 14, 2020.

In reaction, Dr Mailafia sued the DSS over the repeated invitations, which he described as an intimidation, harassment, persecution, and witch hunt.

“I am the voice of thousands of voiceless people; Muslim youths have taken me as their voice, Christian youths have taken me as their voice; thousands of people have been killed in this country, in Borno, in Yobe, in Adamawa, in Katsina, in Daura, in Birnin-Gwari, in Zamfara, in Niger, in Southern Kaduna, in Benue, in Plateau, all over the country. I am the voice of the holy martyrs, and if I perish, I perish”.

He said in an interview after honouring an invitation by the DSS.

The former CBN governor was born on December 24, 1956 and hailed from Randa, Ninzo Chiefdom of Sanga Local Government Area, Kaduna State.

Reporting by Muzha Kucha